National League Central

* – indicates new to team

1. Chicago Cubs

They are easily the favorites to repeat this year and could be for many more seasons.

2. St. Louis Cardinals

While they aren’t the flashiest team, they have plenty of depth to plug up any holes.

3. Pittsburgh Pirates

The Pirates could be in a transitional year with rumors swirling about trading McCutchen.

4. Milwaukee Brewers

They’re still a year or two away from being potential contenders.

5. Cincinnati Reds

The rebuilding project has begun with the offseason trade of Brandon Phillips.

Player to Watch: 3B Kris Bryant Chicago Cubs

Best Acquisition: P Wade Davis Chicago Cubs

New Kid on the Block: P Tyler Glasnow Pittsburgh Pirates

Chicago Cubs

Lineup

1. 2B Ben Zobrist

2. LF Kyle Schwarber

3. 3B Kris Bryant

4. 1B Anthony Rizzo

5. SS Addison Russell

6. C Willson Contreras

7. RF Jason Heyward

8. CF Albert Almora

Bench

INF Javier Baez

OF Jon Jay*

C Miguel Montero

Rotation

1. Jon Lester

2. Jake Arrieta

3. Kyle Hendricks

4. John Lackey

5. Mike Montgomery

Setup 

Hector Rondon

Closer

Wade Davis*

Manager

Joe Maddon

St. Louis Cardinals

Lineup

1. CF Dexter Fowler*

2. 2B Kolten Wong

3. 1B Matt Carpenter

4. RF Stephen Piscotty

5. C Yadier Molina

6. SS Aledmys Diaz

7. 3B Jhonny Peralta

8. LF Randal Grichuk

Bench

INF Jedd Gyorko

1B Matt Adams

INF Greg Garcia

Rotation

1. Carlos Martinez

2. Adam Wainwright

3. Michael Wacha

4. Lance Lynn

5. Mike Leake

Setup 

Brett Cecil*

Closer

Seung Hwan Oh

Manager

Mike Matheny

Pittsburgh Pirates

Lineup

1. CF Starling Marte

2. 2B Josh Harrison

3. RF Andrew McCutchen

4. LF Gregory Polanco

5. 1B Josh Bell

6. 3B David Freese

7. C Francisco Cervelli

8. SS Jordy Mercer

Bench

1B/OF John Jaso

INF/OF Adam Frazier

C Chris Stewart

Rotation

1. Gerrit Cole

2. Jameson Taillon

3. Ivan Nova

4. Chad Kuhl

5. Drew Hutchison

Setup 

Daniel Hudson*

Closer

Tony Watson

Manager

Clint Hurdle

Milwaukee Brewers

Lineup

1. 2B Jonathan Villar

2. SS Orlando Arcia

3. LF Ryan Braun

4. 1B Eric Thames*

5. RF Domingo Santana

6. 3B Travis Shaw

7. CF Keon Broxton

8. C Jett Bandy*

Bench

INF/OF Hernan Perez

C Manny Pina

OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis

Rotation

1. Junior Guerra

2. Zach Davies

3. Jimmy Nelson

4. Wily Peralta

5. Matt Garza

Setup 

Carlos Torres

Closer

Neftali Feliz*

Manager

Criag Counsell

Cincinnati Reds

Lineup

1. CF Billy Hamilton

2. SS Zack Cozart

3. 1B Joey Votto

4. LF Adam Duvall

5. RF Scott Schebler

6. 3B Eugenio Suarez

7. 2B Jose Peraza

8. C Tucker Barnhart

Bench

INF/OF Arismendy Alcantara*

C Devin Mesoraco

OF Desmond Jennings*

Rotation

1. Scott Feldman*

2. Brandon Finnegan

3. Tim Adleman

4. Cody Reed

5. Amir Garrett

Setup 

Tony Cingrani

Closer

Raisel Iglesias

Manager

Bryan Price

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